We had this cruise booked almost two years in advance, in order to secure an accessible room. We picked this cruise as we had previously cruised NZ but had a lot of ports cancelled, so we decided to try again as we had heard good things about Solstice.
We had a fantastic time. It is the best cruise we have ever done.
Embarkation - we stayed at the Quest on Queen in Auckland (very nice hotel, very handy to the port if you are just wanting to wheel your luggage down to the wharf). We had to book a taxi to take us to the ship and when the taxi arrived at the pier, he spoke to one of the baggage handlers who called for some assistance, and our bags were taken directly from the taxi to be loaded onto the ship. We were then directed inside to the wheelchair assistance area, and we then had a man push the wheelchair all the way past the lines of people right to the front of the queue. From there it was only a few minutes until we were on the ship.
Wheelchair accessible room - very spacious, hand rails in bathroom, shower chair, room for wheelchair to traverse room, automatic door to stateroom and ramp on balcony. Have booked same cabin again in 2021.
Auckland is one of my favourite cities - it is beautiful. We stayed right in the CBD and embarked in Auckland so we didn't do any tours here.
We hired a car and drove to Rotorua. Rotorua was very busy. We had lunch in a park and had a look at the museum, and then went to the Waiotapou Thermal Park. A warning - the thermal park is absolutely 100% not accessible for a wheelchair and if they tell you it is they are out of their minds.
We booked a private tour and were driven all around the city, up to the look outs and around the beaches. There is a shuttle bus which takes you from the port to the city centre with two stops. Wellington was excellent.
We took the tender ashore and just wandered around the pretty little town and did some shopping, and had lunch by the water.
We did an excursion through an external company. Dunedin is a nice, very hilly city. I would recommend seeing Olveston House as it was beautiful.
We just walked through the CBD and did some shopping. Hobart is very pretty.
Just did some shopping in the CBD. My only complaint is that the shuttle bus drops you a little bit too far from Bourke Street mall so there was a bit of a walk involved.
We disembarked in Sydney and went straight to the airport.